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Awards recognise Australia’s exceptional nurses

By Karen Keast | Last Updated: 19-11-2013
 

Nursing awards

A Noosa nursing lecturer, a Rockhampton renal nurse and a young Bathurst nurse have been named Australia’s top nurses in the 2012 HESTA Australian Nursing Awards.

CQUniversity’s Nicholas Ralph was awarded the Innovation in Nursing Award for transforming his idea for a clever mobile clinical unit into a reality.

The result is a dynamic 10-metre split-level trailer which is home to a simulation deck and a realistic ward environment featuring a simulated mannequin patient.

The unit enables health professionals to hone their skills and also promotes health careers, while there are plans for it to roll out to schools and other public areas to bolster health recruitment, training and health promotion.

Mr Ralph was awarded a $10,000 development grant at the awards, which were announced at a gala

dinner in Melbourne on May 10.

Rockhampton Hospital Renal Service nurse Jenny Anderson was recognised with the Nurse of the Year Award for her commitment to rejuvenating the service, which was struggling with major workforce shortages amid escalating demand for renal care.

Ms Anderson has been credited with strengthening and expanding the unit, including creating its new purpose-built home, expanding home therapy services, building a new staff team and focusing on culturally appropriate services for Aboriginal patients.

Ms Anderson was awarded $5000 and a $5000 education grant.

Bathurst Base Hospital’s Brenden Stapleton was named Graduate Nurse of the Year for his plans to devote his career to helping palliative care patients and their families.

Mr Stapleton has followed in the footsteps of his mother, a rural nurse, who has since passed away.

He will soon begin his master’s degree studying acute and chronic illness, palliative care and pain management, and was awarded $5000 and a $5000 education grant towards fulfilling his dream.

More than 300 nurses were nominated for the superannuation fund’s awards, now in their sixth year.

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